Depositing your Thesis in the University Research Archive: Training Workshop

Did you register as a research postgraduate after 1st August 2008? If so, you need to know about submitting your thesis electronically.

Training event:

Wednesday 8th May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Training Room 2, Sydney Jones Library

All research postgraduates who registered for an MPhil, PhD or MD since 1st August 2008 are required to deposit an electronic version of their thesis in the University repository, the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). Research postgraduates who registered before this date may also choose to deposit their thesis in the UoLRA.

This hands-on workshop examines the process for depositing an electronic copy of your thesis in the UoLRA and provides guidance about issues that students should consider during the preparation and deposit of their thesis, including information on copyright.

This workshop is aimed at students entering the final phase of their studies. Ideally, students should aim to attend this workshop around 6 months before the intention to submit.

Places on this workshop are limited and must be booked in advance. Please REGISTER to book a place.



What is Knowledge Exchange? Session Postponed

This session has now been postponed. Hopefully, we will be able to bring it to you in early June 2013. Please look out for news on the Blog as to the exact date. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

KE activities relate to things such as researcher careers, research impact, the research environment and collaboration with external organisations.

30th April 2013, 12.00 – 14.00 includes lunch.

This session will:

  • Explain what Knowledge Exchange means
  • Explain Knowledge Exchange in the context of the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Showcase particular examples from the Faculty and elsewhere
  • Describe how your work can contribute to the university’s Knowledge Exchange and create impact



Introduction to Project Management: Wednesday, 8th of May and Thursday 9th of May (2 courses)


There will be two, day-long courses in Project Management, as part of PGR Development’s Optional Programme, on Wednesday 8th of May and Thursday  9th of May. The presenter is David Bartholomew a highly experienced Project Management consultant who works for Fistral and Learning Tree, and is formerly a lecturer at the University of Wales.

To book on the 8th of May course go here:

To book on the 9th of May course go here:

Course Description: An introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress; this course is intended to be immediately applicable to planning and managing academic and research projects as well as commercial projects. It covers the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute. During this 1-day course, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of the project planning process and receive a set of checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on any project.
  • Appreciate the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders.
  • Be aware of the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not, including identifying and managing risk.
  • Use practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned.
  • Create work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques that ensure robust project control.

Previous participants on Fistral training said:

‘The friendly delivery was fantastic and very easy to understand’

‘I am recommending this workshop for my department’


Poster Day and Poster Day Online


Please come and view the work of your postgraduate colleagues across the University at Poster Day or Poster Day Online!

Poster Day   11th  April 10:30 – 3pm

Central Teaching Laboratories, building photo of CTL802 (F6) on the University Campus Map

Further information and programme

 All those not presenting are warmly  invited to visit between 10:30 and 3pm.

Poster Day Online 8th April – 29th April

Posters  in Poster Day Online 2013

Some of the posters presented at Poster Day Online 2013

Further Information

Open to all students on or off campus

This year’s event contains over 70 posters covering a wide range of disciplines from across the University.

All University staff have access to the event and can log onto Vocal at:
using their own UoL username and password

External colleagues can access the event at
and login in using user-name: postersonline;  password: postersonline


Optional Programme – Viva Survivor 23rd April 2013 – 9.30 – 12.30

handshake by buddawiggiThe viva is the culmination of the PhD process: a lot of work has led to this point, but a feeling of anxiety can go hand-in-hand with the sense of achievement at completing one’s thesis. For many PhD candidates the time leading up to the viva is filled with stress about the day, and uncertainty about what their examiners may ask. Viva Survivor is a session for postgraduate researchers close to submitting their thesis who want to get some ideas on how to be well prepared for their viva. During the session we will consider the purpose of the viva and how one can prepare for it. By the end of the session participants will:

  • be able to identify sources of support for their viva preparation
  • have developed strategies to prepare themselves and their thesis for the viva
  • have explored questions that are frequently asked in vivas

Dr Nathan Ryder completed his PhD in Mathematics in 2008 (University of Liverpool) and has since worked freelance as a skills trainer and consultant. He has delivered training sessions to over 2500 postgraduate researchers and research staff. Nathan’s main interests are in creativity, collaboration, productivity and helping postgraduate researchers prepare for the viva. In 2012 he created the Viva Survivors podcast which features interviews with PhD graduates talking about their research and their viva. In January 2013 he published his first ebook, Fail Your Viva, a short guide on viva preparation which is currently available exclusively through the Kindle Store.

To book a place on this session please go here:

Structuring Argument – Dr Richard Hinchcliffe – 18th April 2013 – 14.00 – 16.00

argument1This session aims to raise your awareness in relation to argument in thesis and report writing.
We will consider:

  • What is an argument?
  • Why do you need argument in your work?
  • How to critique the argument of others
  • How to construct effective arguments yourself.

To book on this session go here:

Previous participants for this session have said:

Excellent and was an eye-opener; excellent, engaging speaker.

It will aid my research greatly here in Liverpool

Enjoyed the whole session.

Starting Writing – Alan Greaves 18th April 2013 – 10.00 -12.00

writers blockWriter’s Block affects everyone from time to time. Sometimes you can’t write; sometimes you can’t finish! This seminar will give you insight into your personal blocks and give you tips and ideas to get you writing.

Dr Alan Greaves is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and a National Teaching Fellow.

To book on this workshop go here:

Copyright and your Thesis: Seminar for PhD candidates

Research student seminar

Wednesday 17th April, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library

– Do you have difficulty understanding copyright?
– Are you a PGR student pursuing a PhD, MPhil or Higher Degree?
– Have you registered with the University of Liverpool on or after 1st August, 2008?
– Are you a PGR student who wants to understand copyright or place your thesis online?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then attendance on this course is essential.

The Copyright and your Thesis seminar provides guidance on the copyright issues you need to consider when you are preparing your PGR thesis. Ideally, you should attend this course before you start to collect your research but it will also be helpful to you if you have to attend it at a later stage.

Most PGR students are required to deposit their thesis in the University of Liverpool Research Archive (UoLRA). The UoLRA is a freely available online service. Therefore, unless you have a good reason why you need to restrict access to your thesis, it will be available worldwide. This is good for you because your thesis will be more widely available, thereby helping to raise your profile. However, it also means that you need to ensure that you request permission to use any material that you do not own so you can make your thesis available in the Research Archive.

Come to this informative course to receive guidance on what you need to consider about copyright. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. REGISTER to book your place.

This event relates to the Personal Effectiveness, Research Governance and Organisation and Engagement, Influence and Impact domains of the Researcher Development Framework.

Note that attendance at this session grants attendees exemption from component 3 of the compulsory LIBR001 / LIBR002 training modules for humanities and social sciences PhD candidates.